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St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4484ft, Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1500ft higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.The lake is long and deep with a surface area of 3923acre. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50°F and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake is often completely frozen over with ice up to thick.The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.
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  • This is a must-see lake and is easy to view while driving to other sites, such as Many Glacier. We experienced weather blowing from the higher elevations and created a rainbow during our trip. There i...  read more »
  • Take your time on the East side of Many Glacier to stop and enjoy the beauty of St. Mary's lake. There are dozens of places to pull off of the road and take photos. On a sunny day, the lake takes on t...  read more »
  • Beautiful lake at the east end of the Going To The Sun Road alongside a very good road leading to the east end of the road itself. Plenty of viewpoints and pullouts to help you appreciate what's there...  read more »
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